Friday 19 October

Alexander Vedernikov conducts

RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Time 7:30pm
National Concert Hall Dublin

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  • Alexander Vedernikov
    conductor
  • Oksana Volkova
    mezzo-soprano
EVENT INFO
Programme:
  • RACHMANINOV

    The Isle of the Dead / 20’

  • MUSSORGSKY (ARR. SHOSTAKOVICH)

    Songs and Dances of Death / 25’

  • MUSSORGSKY (ORCH. RAVEL)

    Pictures at an Exhibition / 35’

Welcome to the glorious world of Russian music – every bit as emotional as its football!

Guiding you through the stormy Russian soul in two orchestral masterpieces and a compelling song cycle dealing with misadventure, war, death and fantasy (not unlike the World Cup, then) are Russian conductor Alexander Vedernikov – ‘exhilarating from beginning to end’ (Financial Times) – and ‘mesmerising’ (Latvian National Opera) Belarussian mezzo-soprano Oksana Volkova.

Inspired by Arnold Böcklin’s mysterious painting of a coffin’s final journey across deathly still waters towards a forbidding shore, Rachmaninov’s The Isle of the Dead is hair-raising, spine-tingling stuff. Moving with unsettling dream-like fluidity, it gives gripping voice to powerful, primal emotions in music of unforgettable passion.

Brace yourself for the colourful, contagious world of Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition – a dark kaleidoscope of images drawn from Victor Hartmann’s paintings populated by gnomes, quarrelling children, a strutting hut on hen’s legs (no, really) and unhatched chickens in a bizarre ballet. Admit it: you’re curious. In Maurice Ravel’s ravishing orchestration, it’s a wonderful collision of the art gallery, the cinema blockbuster and a symphony orchestra, all hallucinating together.

Mussorgsky’s Songs and Dances of Death are as beautiful, bleak and hypnotic as their gleefully grim title suggests.

“EXHILARATING…CONTROLLED ECSTASY…EXQUISITELY BLENDED COLOURS.”
Financial Times
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